This article recounts the Vermont War Convention, held in 1917 at the Shrine Theater in Rutland, Vermont. This particular account was written in 1925 in an Issue of âThe Vermonterâ by Charles Cummings. When the convention took place, the theater was so full that roughly 300 people were left standing. The convention gathered numerous professors and politicians, including representatives from Japan, Italy, France, Great Britain, and the United States. Each of these representatives took turns stating the extent of their country's involvement in World War I, as well as their reasons for involvement.